are editors, writers, indexers, proofreaders, researchers, desktop publishers, translators, and others who offer a broad range of skills and specialties.
Freelancers here are part of the largest and oldest national professional organization of editorial freelancers. As a publisher or author, you want qualified professionals to work on your manuscript or project. There’s no better place to find the right editor, right away!
As a freelancer, you owe it to yourself to be a part of this organization, which is dedicated to supporting its membership and your freelance career.
resources for both freelancers and clients, including a chart of common rates.
The online EFA member directory offers clients free and instant access to the diverse assortment of highly skilled publishing professionals who make up EFA membership. The free EFA job listing service offers clients another way to find the right freelancer for the job. EFA members receive a customizable listing in the directory and access to the wide variety of project opportunities submitted by clients, along with many other membership benefits.
The EFA advances excellence among our dynamic community of freelance editorial professionals by providing opportunities for business development, learning, and networking. Our resources help our members and their clients build successful collaborations.
Our vision is a vibrant community of freelance editorial professionals—esteemed for their expertise, inclusive in their ethos, and thriving in their businesses—helping clients launch ideas into the world.
EFA Core Values
Community • Expertise • Opportunity
A pioneer in organizing freelancers into a network for mutual support and advancement, the EFA is now recognized throughout the publishing industry as the source for professional editorial assistance. And as editorial freelancing—indeed, freelancing in many fields of endeavor—becomes more prevalent, the association can look forward to an even brighter future.
About the EFA
The EFA is a national not-for-profit —501(c)6— organization, headquartered in New York City, run almost entirely by member volunteers, all of whom are also freelancers. The Board of Governors oversees the EFA’s operations and keeps the membership informed of developments within the association. The EFA’s members, experienced in a wide range of professional skills, live and work all across the United States and in other countries.
We at the EFA welcome and value members of all backgrounds. We don’t discriminate, but more than that, we want the EFA to be an organization where all can feel they belong. We welcome people of every race, color, culture, religion or no religion, gender identity, gender expression, age, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, citizenship, education, ability, health, neurotype, marital/parental status, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, and/or military status. We are nothing without our members, and encourage everyone to volunteer and to participate in our community. Read our full anti-harassment policy.
Board of Governors
The EFA is managed by its Board of Governors, whose members are chosen from among the membership either through election or appointment. Annual elections are held in May and June, and the candidates’ statements for an upcoming election are published on the website.
The Board consists of the four officers, members at large, and committee representatives. The officers are: two co-executives, a secretary, and a treasurer. Members at large are elected from among the general membership. Their function is to represent the interests of a broad base of members, to assist other governors and committees with EFA business, and to promote the EFA to members and potential members and to the publishing industry. There will be no fewer than three member at large slots on the board at any time. Committee representatives serve by appointment and are added or removed according to the needs of the organization.